Suzanne Jones was our speaker on the subject of Victorian Gardens.
She explored the effect of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire on the gardens and gardeners of Devon in the 19th century, and their lasting legacy.
That explains why our parks and gardens look the way they do today.
Our AGM, as always, we aimed to complete the business 15 minutes.
We moved on very quickly to a talk by Colin Roulstone “A Mystery Revealed”.
Colin Roulstone is a life member of our Society, and is a well-respected local historian. However, we can’t say too much about his talk, after all ……. it was a mystery !
What was the mystery? You should have been there to hear the answer.
For our final talk before the summer break, David Hinchliffe, one of our own members, told us all about the Torquay Historical Pageant of 1924.
Starting with the first of the modern historical pageants at Sherborne in Dorset in 1905, we heard how “pageantitis” gripped the nation, with one million people attending the Pageant of London in 1911. Torquay had to wait until 1924 to hold its own pageant, which took place at Rock End. Over 2,000 local people took part and over 25,000 spectators saw our our local history acted out, from Stone Age feuds through to the Spanish Armada and Princess Victoria’s visit to Torquay in 1833.
David concluded his talk by reminding us of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, which he described as the latest interpretation of a historical pageant.
That is it for our talk season, we will regroup in September but in the meanwhile the guided walks start on July the 2nd.
What a pantomime with the computers wishing not to communicate with each other? And the sound system? Well!!
Our double act of Chris Nicholls and Judith Read joined in with the fun until computers agreed to work together
James Charles Dinham and Isabella Cowan were the subjects for this evening.
James Dinham was a noted Torquay photographer who captured ordinary people going about their lives in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Isabella Cowan was a Canadian visitor in 1895, and we heard readings from her, “Aunt Belle’s Diaries” to complement the photographs. Her observations of Torquay at the time were quite contemporary.
A very enjoyable evening. Thank you
Chris Nicholls and Judith Read